Hamilton named Wyoming Conservation District’s Outstanding Supervisor of the Year

Left to right:  Jason Fearneyhough, Director Wyoming Department of Agriculture; Bryan Hamilton, Popo Agie Conservation District Supervisor; Shaun Sims, President Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts.


Wiles’ Arapaho Journeys won High Plains Book Award

(Billings, Mont.) –  Lander anthropologist and photographer Sara Wiles has been named a winner of a prestigious 2012 High Plains Book Award.
The Awards, a project of the Parmly Billings Library, were announced Saturday, October 20, 2012 in Billings. Award winners included Shann Ray’s American Masculine, which won in two categories: Best First Book and Best Short Stories. Each winner received a $500 cash prize.  Other winners included Hand Raised: The Barns of Montana by Chere Jiusto & Christine W. Brown for Best Nonfiction, The Ringer by Jenny Shank for Best Fiction, Songs of Unreason by Jim Harrison for Best Poetry, Married Into It by Patricia Frolander for Best Woman Writer, and Arapaho Journeys: Photographs and Stories from the Wind River Reservation by Sara Wiles for Best Art & Photography.
The 2012 Emeritus Award was presented to Montana writer Tom McGuane, for his body of work, that has contributed to the literature of the High Plains and an understanding of life in the region.
Eighty-eight books were nominated for the 2012 High Plains Book Awards in seven categories from publishers in the United States and Canada. Finalists were selected after each nominated book war read and evaluated by community readers. Winners were selected by a panel of published writers with connections to the High Plains. Many finalists and winners participated in a day-long series of readings at the Yellowstone Art Museum as part of the High Plains BookFest. All nominated bookswere published for the first time in 2011.
Award sponsors include the Parmly Billings Library, Friends of the Parmly Billings Library, Montana State University-Billings, the Parmly Billings Library Foundation, the Ucross Foundation, the Writer’s Voice of the Billings Family YMCA, the Yellowstone Art Museum, and the Zonta Club of Billings.
More information about the High Plains Book Awards is available at:  Nominations for the 2013 High Plains Book Awards will be accepted January 14, 2013-March 15, 2013 for books first published in 2012.
Best Art & Photography 
Arapaho Journeys: Photographs and Stories from the Wind River Reservation
Sara Wiles
University of Oklahoma Press

Award-winning photographer Sara Wiles captures that life on film and in words in Arapaho Journeys, an inside look at thirty years of Northern Arapaho life on the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming.  Through more than 100 images and 40 essays, Wiles creates a visual and verbal mosaic of contemporary Northern Arapaho culture. Depicted in the photographs are people Wiles met at Wind River while she was a social worker, anthropology student, and adopted member of an Arapaho family.


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Dorothy Marie Wilson

(Lander, Wyo.) – Dorothy Marie Wilson, 75, passed away Sunday evening, October 14, 2012. Dorothy is survived by her 7 children, 1 sister, 16 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Dorothy was born on June 11, 1937 in Paxton, NE to Glenn and Nela Cox. She lived on the family farm in Nebraska before moving to Wyoming, where she and her family had homes in Laramie and later, Pavillion.   They eventually moved to Lander where Dorothy, her parents and sister, lived and worked at the Fremont Hotel. Dorothy attended Fremont County Vocational High School and graduated in 1955. She worked for Riverton Valley Electric before marrying Thomas Fred Wilson on June 5, 1957.